Last updated on Oct 25th, 2020 at 11:07 am

Melissa Nayimuli is a creative professional and hopes to help bring an end to Xenophobia in South Africa, Africa and the world as Miss SA

Born in the Eastern Cape to A Xhosa mother and Ugandan father Melissa says she knows what it’s like to be accepted as a South African and rejected as a foreigner in her home country.

“I am entering Miss South Africa with the hopes of bringing unity within the African continent. I would like to start conversations that are aimed at repairing the damage caused by xenophobia, not only in South Africa but all over the African continent. This is not only a South Africa problem, it is not only an Africa problem, it is a global issue. We need to be kinder, more accepting and more respectful of each other’s differences,” she says


Steamed bread exists in one form or another across the globe where it is loved as both a sweet and savoury dish.
Melissa’s idombolo recipe made with eggs is adapted from the Asian steamed bun recipe and can make one large bun to share (like idombolo) or individual buns.


  • 4-5 cups flour’
  • ½ cup sugar (or more to your taste)
  • ½ packet instant yeast
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup milk (room temperature)
  • ½cup lukewarm water
  • Butter for kneading

How to 

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together with a fork. Beat egg milk and warm water together and then add to the dry ingredients and mix together – add more flour or water as required to form a soft dough that does not stick to your hands.
  • Butter your hands and knead dough for 10 minutes. Cover with plastic and a damp cloth and leave in a warm area for an hour or until doubled in size.
  • Remove dough and divide into equal sizes to make individual buns.
  • Transfer the buns into a bamboo steamer or a greased enamel dish and place over a large pot of boiling water. Cover and allow to steam for an hour.
  • Serve with beef stew


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Recipe courtesy of Miss SA and Melissa Nayimuli